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Dr. Safiya Noble (UCLA) visit to be RESCHEDULED, date TBD

PLEASE NOTE: this event will be RESCHEDULED.  Dates and time to be announced soon.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your interest in this topic!  

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Power, Privilege, and the Imperative to Act

Join us as Dr. Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, will be speaking about her research and her forthcoming book, "The Intersectional Internet: Race, Class, Sex, and Culture Online" (2016).  Her talk will focus on something we use every day but may not realize its underlying biases or inherent contradictions: search engines.  As we think about open resources, scholarly communication, and the ease in which information is “at our fingertips,” Dr. Noble’s research shows how easy it is for that information to reflect biases in race, gender, class, and politics -- while under a perceived umbrella of “neutral” and “algorithm.”

Critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics and in the service of something -- a position, a profit motive, a means to an end. Recently, engagement with digital technologies has become an enticing way of giving voice to marginalization and oppression, and hashtag activism has gained prominence as a potential intervention in forms of organizing, while disrupting traditional notions of how activism and protest should take place. In this talk, Safiya Umoja Noble will illuminate linkages to power struggles over values, particularly in the context of the digital, so that we can re-examine information contexts that can engender greater responsibility and imperative to act.

A light lunch will be served.